The Golden Globes awards ceremony is usually one of the most festive get-togethers of the year, but like everything else in Hollywood, it has to deal with the writer's strike.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has requested a waiver from the Writers Guild, something the organization has already granted to the Screen Actors Guild awards. If it is turned down and the strike continues on Jan. 13, the day of the big bash, many nominees might not attend.
Katherine Heigl, who got a nod for "Grey's Anatomy," has already said she would skip the event rather than cross the picket line.
There was another reason for traditional Hollywood types to be less than thrilled Thursday, as network television was trounced by cable in most of the major categories. In fact, cable shows accounted for two-thirds of the nominees.
FX's "Damages" led the way with four nods, including star Glenn Close. It will compete for best drama with HBO's "Big Love," ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Fox's "House," "AMC's "Mad Men" and Showtime's "The Tudors."
"The Sopranos" and James Gandolfini were both ignored, although Edie Falco got a nod.